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Encyclopaedia Britannica Films, Inc.Building a Highway (1948)

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Major steps in the construction of a two-lane (pre-Interstate) highway.

This movie is part of the collection: Prelinger Archives

Producer: Encyclopaedia Britannica Films, Inc.
Sponsor: N/A
Audio/Visual: Sd, B&W
Keywords: Infrastructure: Roads and highways

Creative Commons license: Public Domain

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Average Rating: 1.50 out of 5 stars1.50 out of 5 stars

Reviewer: Christine Hennig - 2.00 out of 5 stars2.00 out of 5 stars - December 10, 2003
Subject: Caution: Road Construction Ahead
Do you have a little boy who is fascinated with construction equipment? If so, he should thoroughly enjoy this film, which explains in very simple terms how highways are built and shows lots of cool heavy machinery. All others will find it a dry, boring EB film.
Ratings: Camp/Humor Value: **. Weirdness: **. Historical Interest: ***. Overall Rating: **.

Reviewer: Spuzz - 1.00 out of 5 stars - February 17, 2003
Subject: Hit the highway (far away from this)
I found this EB film boring. It's about highways, but what is there that will be earth shattering? The lack of music and unexciting narration made me fall asleep. Only for cement enthusiasts only.


Demonstrates major steps in the construction of a two-lane highway. Illustrates such processes as clearing, cutting, scraping, and leveling the roadbed; assembling materials; mixing and dumping the concrete; and smoothing and finishing the surface. Pictures the completed highway open to traffic. Emphasizes the necessary skills involved in providing well-built safe highways for automotive traffic.

Ken Smith sez: Lots of footage of big machines dumping concrete and ripping down trees for a better tomorrow.
Some good images of bulldozers tearing up land and overviews of highways, but they're short and unspectacular.